Book Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Genres: Fiction, YA

Edition: Paperback

Source: Purchased

Pages: 225

Rating: 5/5 stars

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Read the cult-favorite coming of age story that takes a sometimes heartbreaking, often hysterical, and always honest look at high school in all its glory. Also a major motion picture starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a funny, touching, and haunting modern classic.

The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, Perks follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

Alright, I know this is a super popular book/movie and that most of you have either seen it or read it already. However, I also know that there are a lot of people who, like me, avoid things that are popular just because they are popular.

Okay people like me, hear me out.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower 100% deserves all the love it’s gotten.

It’s a fantastic book with a fantastic story and an amazing set of characters, and a really fucking memorable twist that isn’t really a twist but kind of is…?

Charlie isn’t just a stereotype, nor is he a caricature. He’s a living, breathing, emotionally volatile character who wants, needs, and feels. Boy, does he feel. He’s kind of like the anti Holden Caulfield. Which I love, because Holden was a major dick.

If you ever felt like the underdog, or the outsider? Or if you have ever felt like you feel too much and you don’t know how to deal with it? I definitely think you would enjoy this book.

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